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    FREE SHIPPING on Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

    Free shipping on all Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint products for a limited time. Order online now! Questions on Milk Paint, or how to use it? Check out our Milk Paint FAQs. Our online store is also formatted to walk you through the steps & necessary products as you shop.   Carver Junk Company Spring Sale | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Free Shipping | Furniture Paint |DIY Sale   We also offer Milk Paint workshops, where you get hands-on practice mixing, applying, and finishing a small project! Register here.

    Advanced Milk Paint Workshop: Bring Your Own Piece

    We've been having so much fun at our Milk Paint Project workshops recently, we haven't had time to think about scheduling an advanced workshop. Now that we've trained hundreds of you in the last 12 months on the basics of Milk Paint, we thought we should get some Advanced, Bring-Your-Own-Piece Workshops on the calendar! Some Q&A on the Advanced Workshops:

    1. Can I sign up for the Advanced Workshop if I haven't taken a Basic workshop?
      • We require a Basic workshop before taking the Advanced workshop, so that everyone receives the best of the instructors' time during the Advanced workshop. You learn how to mix & apply paint in the Basics workshop, so that we can focus on advanced techniques and larger pieces during the Advanced workshop!
    2. What sort of piece can I bring to the Advanced Workshop to paint?
      • You should bring a small piece of furniture, that can be carried in one arm. Have a larger piece of furniture you want to paint? Bring a drawer and a door, or a picture frame you can paint in the same style. The piece you bring in should be sturdy, solid, and ready to paint.
      • Workshop time is limited to 4 hours, which is plenty of time to paint and top coat a small piece. Anything larger, and we can't guarantee you'll have time to finish it during the workshop. We'd really hate to kick you out with an unfinished piece! If you have questions, send us a photo of the piece you'd like to bring: info@carverjunkcompany.com.
    3. I'm bringing my own furniture, what do you provide?
      • A small group setting, and tons of hands-on instruction.
      • All of the painting supplies you'll need to complete your project.
      • Light snacks and refreshments, and a really fun 4 hours.
      • Ongoing support for any questions you have after you leave the workshop.
    Check out these photos for examples of pieces that would be perfect for a Bring-Your-Own-Piece workshop!    Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC   Photos & Furniture courtesy of Cotton Seed Designs, LLC. 

    Dealer Spotlight: Redefined Designs, and Designers Jen & Erica

    So you're wondering how the heck we pull off finding & refinishing & making all those handmade items each month? We don't do it alone, that's for sure. We are so proud to have an amazing, incredible, talented team of people behind the Carver Junk Company brand. They each have a different style, personality, and strength that they bring to the team, and we want to let you get to know them all a little better! We're writing up a series of Dealer Spotlights. The first few that we share will be focused on our "dealers"  -the folks that regularly and religiously fill space in our stores, re-stock new pieces as things sell, support our crazy ideas, expansions, and who have become our friends through the journey that has been CJC. We'll also feature the artisans that bring in a few perfect pieces here and there, and that make all of those one-of-a-kind handmade-in-MN items for which we've become known. There are over 40 different individuals and businesses that come together behind the scenes to create Carver Junk Company.

    Our third installment features the ladies behind Redefined Design: Jennifer & Erica.
    This dynamic duo is the vision behind the recent succulent gardens, vintage book letters, and welcome stations you've seen at the Carver store! So crafty, creative, and they are also the friendly faces you've met if you've been in on a Saturday over the last few months!
    Redefined Designs Succulent Mini Gardens, MN Message Centers, and Vintage Book Letters | Carver Junk Company |recycle. repurpose. relove.
    Tell us about yourselves:
    Redefined Designs is made up of a dynamic duo of creativity: Jen & Erica.
    Erica is an Inventory Buyer for MindWare, an educational toy company, crunching numbers and data by day, but at night her creative side comes out and she gets covered in paint, ink and dust creating whatever her brain can come up with. During the day Jen is a Graphic Designer for National Salon Resources designing advertising and signage for 21 stores and after work she expands her creativity to include power tools, paint, and fun textiles. However on the weekends, we get together to get into all kinds of trouble. We travel to flea markets, thrift stores and work on projects together for the stores. RDD Headshot
    How did Redefined Designs get started:
    In the four long years we have known each other, we have worked together at several businesses, attempted the craft show circuit together and have finally settled down doing what we enjoy most -- having fun creating all kinds of beautiful things.
     
    Where do you {each} find your inspiration, and how do you make it work as a team:
    Redefined Designs works having two designers because we both are inspired by the same things: typeface, measuring instruments, geography and all things vintage. We channel our inner creativity to turn the things we love into art. You will find these trends with almost everything we do: book letters, MN boards and pouches, etc. And best of all these are also the things we love to collect.
     
    What is your favorite thing to collect:
    Erica has a large collection of vintage measuring tapes, Westcott rulers and just for fun small birds and owls (even the ugly ones). Jen has a growing collection of collections, not limited to: yardsticks, flower frogs, birds, stags, Shiny Brite ornaments, Putnam dye paraphernalia, anything with the alphabet on it, old maps, vintage scales and tools, charm bracelets, and sparkly broaches. Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you've ever done:
    [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Antler upgrade with some chevron fabric and paint! These recently sold at the store! Redefined Designs @ Carver Junk Company[/caption] [caption id="attachment_358" align="aligncenter" width="582"] A $5.00 garage sale dresser redo that lives at Jen's house![/caption]
    You can find Jen, Erica, and Redefined Designs on the Internets:
    On Instagram at  @craftygirlfrommg and @randominkstains
       

    Dealer Spotlight: White Butterfly Furniture, and Owner Kirsten

    So you're wondering how the heck we pull off finding & refinishing & making all those handmade items each month? We don't do it alone, that's for sure. We are so proud to have an amazing, incredible, talented team of people behind the Carver Junk Company brand. They each have a different style, personality, and strength that they bring to the team, and we want to let you get to know them all a little better! We're writing up a series of Dealer Spotlights. The first few that we share will be focused on our "dealers"  -the folks that regularly and religiously fill space in our stores, re-stock new pieces as things sell, support our crazy ideas, expansions, and who have become our friends through the journey that has been CJC. We'll also feature the artisans that bring in a few perfect pieces here and there, and that make all of those one-of-a-kind handmade-in-MN items for which we've become known. There are over 40 different individuals and businesses that come together behind the scenes to create Carver Junk Company.

    So let's meet Kirsten {kIRsten, not Kristen. We called her the wrong name the first time we met her, so we're saving you from the same mistake}. We asked her a few questions about herself, but what you really need to know is that she's a blogger extraordinaire, a mom of FOUR BOYS, strong for her size, and our dealer who is least afraid to use color on her pieces. Those teal nightstands you all drooled over recently, that sold within 10 minutes of posting on Facebook? Kirsten.The red ones we posted 10 minutes later and sold that night? Kirsten.
    Here is the first piece she ever brought in to CJC. We immediately fell in love with it {and her}:
     
    Tell us about yourself:
    I'm a wife and mother of four boys. I love to run and bike and lay on the beach with a cold drink. But I never get to do the last one! With four boys and two dogs we are a very active and busy family! There is no resting around here.
    How did White Butterfly Furniture get started:
    After we moved to Wisconsin from Minneapolis I needed something to do with my down time after having a new baby and two older kids....ha! There was no down time! I was looking for a piece of furniture to fill a space and I happened upon it at Goodwill. I brought it home, taught myself how to reupholster it and on a whim listed it for sale on Craigslist and it sold within twenty minutes. There wasn't anyone really doing this where I lived, so things that I listed kept selling. Then my neighbors started asking me to paint their stuff and find things for them. Eventually people started leaving their junk in front of my garage door and texting me when they saw things on the side of the road! Since we've moved back to Minnesota, Carver Junk has been the greatest thing for White Butterfly! It has kept me searching and hunting and painting.
    Where do you find your inspiration:
    Of course I look for color inspiration on the internet and magazines But, generally I like to paint how I feel. I don't always paint in white and gray. Sometimes I look at a piece and know that it absolutely needs to be a certain color. And that's how the bold colors happen on my pieces.
    What is your favorite thing to collect:
    I don't really have a collection of items, but what I love to do is switch out pieces that I do have. Nothing in our house stays the same. Things come and go and furniture arrangements change constantly. And walls get painted and planked almost weekly {link}. There are a few pieces of furniture that I will never let go of, but for the most part, anything is available in our house! Oooh. I have started a small collection of vintage quilts. The warn and tattered the better!
    Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you've ever done:
    For me, I love the stories that come with pieces. I love to find out about them and then share them with the person that buys it. It makes a piece feel so special to me. Every piece has a story and I love, love, love knowing them.There are several pieces that I look at and can remember every single thing about it from purchasing to painting to selling. The pieces I love the most are the ones that stressed me out more than anything! They literally have my blood, sweat and tears in them. They usually start out as something completely different than what they are intended for. I love transforming something into something else.
    The first one is an ottoman. My husband is still angry that I sold it. It was an old coffee table that I changed into an ottoman.
    WB Table Before
    WB Table After 
    The next one is the first farm table that my husband and I built together. Since then I've made at least half a dozen more on my own.
    WB Farm Table Before
    WB Farm Table After
     The last one is a crazy cabinet I picked up at a sale and took the top off added some wheels, corbels and some pine boards and turned it into an island/craft table. I think it was the fastest sale I have ever had after posting!
     WB Island Before
    Editor's note: I {Brandy} actually went to the person's house who was selling this cabinet, with the intent of purchasing it, saw the condition, and decided it was WAY too big of a project to undertake. Two days later, Kirsten sent me these two photos, and I almost died. Some swear words may have come out of my mouth - it's the SAME cabinet, and somehow she turned it into this?! Amazing.
     WB Island After
    Editor's note: This sold on Facebook within minutes. We thought there might be a riot.
    You can find Kirsten and White Butterfly on the Internets: